Mechanical Engineering HNC Overview
An HNC is the first level of Higher Education (Level 4) and completion of this course will allow for progression on to an HND (Level 5) and potentially a Full Degree programme. In addition, completion of a Mechanical Engineering HNC provides evidence that you have developed the knowledge and skills required to perform a number of the duties of a Mechanical Engineer in industry.
Our Mechanical Engineering HNC programme offers full Online Delivery and Assessment. This is a Distance Learning offer, but not in the traditional sense. Our teaching materials consist of Bite-size video tutorials and interactive practice questions. In addition, our Assessments can be completed and assessed entirely Online.
Studying by Distance Learning can be challenging. When you complete your HNC with us, this will be a real testament to your self-motivation, organisational skills, persistence and perseverance. These are additional transferable skills and personality traits that are highly desirable in the Engineering sector.
Mechanical Engineering HNC Course Content
A BTEC HNC in Mechanical Engineering is an 8-unit qualification, made up of a combination of core and specialist units. To view the specification provided by the awarding body, please click the BTEC Edexcel image.
The Engineers Academy® BTEC HNC in Mechanical Engineering consists of the following units (specialist units subject to change):
Core Engineering HNC Units:
- Unit 1 – Engineering Design
- Unit 2 – Engineering Maths
- Unit 3 – Engineering Science
- Unit 4 – Managing a Professional Engineering Project
Specialist Mechanical Engineering HNC Units:
- Unit 8 – Mechanical Principles
- Unit 9 – Materials, Properties and Testing
- Unit 11 – Fluid Mechanics
- Unit 13 – Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
Entry Requirements for our HNC in Mechanical Engineering
Although the Awarding Body for the Mechanical Engineering HNC does not set formal entry requirements, it is the responsibility of the centre delivering the qualification to ensure that students have a reasonable expectation of success on the programme.
Individuals from a range of backgrounds express an interest in Mechanical Engineering programmes. Some have academic qualifications and no formal experience, whilst others have worked as Engineers for many years, but do not have relevant academic qualifications.
In addition, studying via Distance Learning, particularly Online, can be vastly different from studying in a traditional manner.
For these reasons, we ask all applicants to complete relevant Bridging Courses prior to enrolment. These Bridging Courses are intended to enable the development of the analytical skills required for Higher Education programmes in Engineering. In addition, participation and completion of these Bridging Courses provides some assurance that students enrolling on to our HNC programmes are willing and able to engage with the course materials and the Study Platform.
To enrol on to our Mechanical Engineering HNC you should complete the following 2 Bridging Courses:
- Level 3 Essentials Maths for Engineers (40 hours approx.)
- Level 3 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering (25 hours approx.)
These can be ordered as a discounted bundle below:
- Level 3 *MECHANICAL BUNDLE* (65 hours approx.)
Upon completion, you will receive certificates for the above Bridging Courses, which will entitle you to enrol on to our Mechanical Engineering HNC Programme.
Additional Programme Study Requirements
You will be provided with full, unlimited access to the Engineers Academy Study Platform for the duration of your chosen HNC programme. In order to access the Study Platform, you will need an Internet connection and Internet access. In addition, you will need to have access to the following:
- A scientific calculator (Casio FX83GT or equivalent)
- A Laptop or Desktop Computer (for some activities a mobile device may not suffice)
- Microsoft Office 365 / LibreOffice software (or equivalent)
Note: You may also be required to register for additional subject specific software, but wherever possible, we will recommend software that offers free trials and / or student licenses.